Next of kin plaque: Private Thomas Charles Price, 18th Battalion, AIF

Accession Number REL48486
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Bronze, Cardboard
Maker Memorial Plaque Factory, Acton
Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Ealing, Acton, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Ealing, Acton, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, Greenwich, Woolwich
Date made 1923
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Bronze next of kin plaque, showing on the obverse, Britannia holding a laurel wreath, the British lion, dolphins, a spray of oak leaves and the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR' around the edge. Beneath the main figures, the British lion defeats the German eagle. The initials 'ECP', for the designer Edward Carter Preston appear above the lion's right forepaw. A raised rectangle above the lion's head bears the name 'THOMAS CHARLES PRICE'. In original brown card envelope.

History / Summary

Born in London, England, Thomas Charles Price emigrated with his family to Sydney, New South Wales when he was eighteen months old. He was employed as a barber when he enlisted in the AIF at Cootamunda on 2 March 1916. After initial training he was posted a private, service number 5464, to the 14th Reinforcements to 18th Battalion. The unit embarked from Sydney on 22 August, aboard HMAT A18 Wiltshire and arrived in England on 13 October.

After further training in England and France Price joined his battalion at Dernancourt on 26 January 1917. He was briefly hospitalised the following month, but spent a month in hospital in April-May. After convalescence and training he returned to his battalion near Pozieres, France, on 1 August. Price was killed on 20 September, aged 32, near Westhoek Ridge, during the battle of Menin Road, on a day in which more than 200 men in his battalion were also killed. He is buried in the nearby Hooge Crater Cemetery.

This commemorative plaque was sent to his father, Thomas Plant Price, in September 1922.